Travel Ice queen: Skelton went to Antarctica for Sport Relief

'After two months in Antarctica, a hairdryer felt like a luxury'

Times Square bomb plotter defiant as judge sends him to prison for life

A Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in New York was yesterday sentenced to life in prison by a judge who said she hopes he spends some of his time behind bars thinking "carefully about whether the Koran wants you to kill lots of people".

Times Square bomber gets life in jail

The failed Times Square car bomber was jailed for life today for trying to bring carnage to crowded central New York.

The hands that rocked the book world seek the fruits of success

It has helped a group of teenage actors become some of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, made a multi-millionaire of its author, and turned a small town near Seattle into one of America's hottest tourist destinations. Now the Twilight franchise is striking a blow for the fortunes of a cash-strapped New York hand model.

Tom Leighton's Photomontages, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London

There are worlds that exist outside our planetary system. We may never see them... unless they see us first. And there are other exotic constructions that are the creations of those gifted minds who write sci-fi novels. The photomontages of one young British photographer, Tom Leighton, fall into the latter set.

Microsoft Halo aims to reignite video game market

Microsoft is hoping to reverse the recent slump in video games and kickstart the holiday shopping season as it launches the latest version of its blockbuster Halo video game.

Muslims 'being turned into terrorists in jail'

Britain faces a "new wave" of home-grown terrorist attacks led by up to 800 Muslim ex-prisoners who have been radicalised by jihadists while serving their sentences, a think-tank has warned.

Off his trolley? Angry air steward slides to freedom

JetBlue may not be the "world's favourite airline", but its recently departed employee, Steven Slater, has surely just secured himself the status of being the world's favourite air steward.

From high school hero to jihadist targeting the US

They call him "The Jihadist Next Door": an all-American high school student from Alabama who recently popped up in a remote corner of East Africa, where he is one of the key figures behind the Islamic insurgent group al-Shabaab's long and bloody guerrilla war against the government of Somalia.

This is what happens when arts funding is outsourced

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to bring US-style arts philanthropy to Britain. If New York is anything to go by it would be a disaster, says Clemency Burton-Hill

The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick, By Elizabeth Hardwick

The earlier stories in this collection are wonderful. The power of them isn't evident in any one line but gathers slowly, often sneaking in under cover of irony. The characters – a mix of upper-class intellectuals and down-at-heel bohemians – might present well to each other, but Elizabeth Hardwick is not fooled. Concisely, and without sentiment, she shows the knife twisting in the heart of each tale, and forces her cast to confront it.

Times Square bomb suspect met Taliban leader

A video has emerged of the would-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, meeting the leader of the Pakistan Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud.

Paranoia and conspiracy in New York: Rubicon is the new 'Mad Men'

It has exposed Madison Avenue's dark, drunken soul and made unlikely heroes out of a teacher-turned-meth-dealer and his hapless sidekick. Now AMC, home to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, is hoping to turn us all into conspiracy nuts with its newest drama, the twisty, convoluted thriller Rubicon.

Out of the city: New York State's top ten attractions

So many visitors to New York never make it out of Manhattan, let alone out of the five boroughs of the city. While NYC is a vibrant and exciting place to visit, there is so much to see and do in New York State. So, for a taste of this country's real culture and beauty, spread your wings and take some time out from the bright lights.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee